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The Gramps bar in Wynwood neighborhood of Miami (Photo via flickr)

Benefit held in Wynwood for music students

Eight local bands of various genres came together to perform at a benefit concert for music students in the Caribbean affected by the recent hurricanes on Sunday at Gramps in Wynwood. Jeffrey Sadowsky, owner of the Music Talent Association in Miami and creator of the concert, said he partnered with the bar’s owner to hold the drive. “Nobody’s talking much ...

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Center for Independent Living of South Florida CEO Peter O'Connell (lower center) waits in line for food at the Disability Pride Picnic on Oct. 21. (Michele Mardorf/SFNS)

Disability Awareness Month celebrated at Margaret Pace Park

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida celebrated Disability Awareness Month with a picnic on Oct. 21 at Margaret Pace Park. William Gledhill Jr., a coordinator at the center and creator of the Disability Pride Picnic, said have the community enjoy an afternoon filled with food, games and each other’s company. “Different events have been done throughout the years ...

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The Bass Museum (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Grand reopening of Bass Museum

The Bass Museum of Art opened for the first time in two years on Sunday, offering free admission for the day. The museum went through a complete building transformation, officials said, deciding to focus its inaugural exhibition on contemporary artists reflecting the diversity in Miami Beach. Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou created a “welcome wall” in which the word itself was featured ...

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Clarence Dickson (Photo courtesy Dickson)

Miami’s first black chief reflects on his time, Black Lives Matter movement

Early morning, September 1959. A young black man sat on a bus bench waiting for the 21 to arrive. He was on his way to Variety’s Children’s Hospital where he worked as a janitor. A white and green police car cruised while he sat at the bus stop. The car circled the block and stopped a few feet away from ...

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Angel Zoila Perera (Natalie Sarracino/SFNS)

“The Leaf Magician” entertains on Calle Ocho [Video]

It’s 1965 in El Oriente Cuba. Angel Zoilo Perera grabs a green ficus leaf from a tree, presses it between his lips, and begins to blow, but becomes dizzy. His brother-in-law does the same but shows him how it’s done. His life was changed forever. Perera or “El Mago de la Hoja” (The Leaf Magician) plays the greenery as an ...

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The Mango Media staff left to right: Hugo Villabona, Morgane Leoni, Hannah Paulsen, Natasha V., Elina Diaz, Chris McKenney (Maria Gil/SFNS)

Mango Media blazing new trails in book publishing

A three-year-old Miami-based publishing company is getting its books on the Amazon Best Sellers list, including one that made the list this October. On the third floor of a white four-story building on 2850 Douglas Rd. in Coral Gables lies a little publishing company that is trying to change the rules of an old industry. The president and CEO of ...

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Texting while operating a motor vehicle is a secondary offense in Florida, meaning police need to witness drivers committing other infractions, such as swerving and speeding, before pulling them over for distracted driving. (Photo illustration by Jesse Scheckner/SFNS)

Distracted driving remains a problem in Florida despite laws

It’s been four years since texting while driving in Florida was banned, but according to one study, the state is second-worst in the nation when it comes to phone use behind the wheel. Florida ranks behind only Louisiana for distracted driving, according to the EverDrive Safe Driving Report, which gave Sunshine State motorists 37th place overall for driving skills. According ...

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach (photo courtesy Fontainebleau)

Local hotels tighten security after Las Vegas shooting

Officials at some Miami hotels said they are beefing up security in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting last month that left dozens dead and hundreds injured. Security and Safety Manager Michael Matos of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach said the tragedy made him and his peers rethink the hotel’s procedures. “I think all hotels in Miami, especially those in ...

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